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Hollywood gripped by award fever
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is up for both an Oscar and a Razzie this year
Final preparations are being made for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday - but there are still two last awards ceremonies before Oscar night.

The annual Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, will be handed out to 2003's worst achievements in film at 1830 GMT (1030 local time) on Saturday.

They will be followed later in the day by the Independent Spirit Awards, held in a tent on Santa Monica Beach.

Then 24 hours later, the Oscars ceremony will take place in Hollywood.

The more informal Independent Spirit Awards, which honour indie films, will be hosted by cult film director John Waters.

The Oscars red carpet is covered with plastic to protect it from rain
The Oscars red carpet is covered with plastic to protect it from rain
Several of this year's Oscar nominees are also up for Independent Spirit Awards, including Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola, Monster actress Charlize Theron and Britain's Sir Ben Kingsley.

But the films nominated come from the fringes of Hollywood and have to meet a broad "economy of means" criteria set by the 12-person committee.

Among the films up for best feature are the comic book-inspired American Splendor, Jim Sheridan's In America and the low-budget coming-of-age story Raising Victor Vargas.

Unlike the recipients at the Academy Awards, winners can speak their minds without fear of being cut off by an orchestra.

BBC TV AND RADIO COVERAGE
BBC One:
Sunday 2255:
Film 2004 Oscars preview
Monday 0050:
Academy Awards live
Monday 0600:
Breakfast
Monday 2235:
Awards highlights
BBC Three:
Monday 2030:
Liquid News Oscars Special
BBC News 24/ BBC World
Monday 0930 GMT:
Oscars special
Radio Five Live:
From Sunday 2200:
Continuous Oscars coverage in Late Night Live and Up All Night
And the ceremony thumbs its nose at the main event by including song parodies of the main Oscar-nominated features.

The credibility attached to the Independent Spirit Awards is in sharp contrast with the Razzies, billed as the awards no-one wants to win.

This year's frontrunner is the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez flop Gigli, which is up for nine awards including worst picture, actor and actress.

Dr Seuss adaptation The Cat in the Hat is nominated for seven Razzies, while action sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is up for seven.

The Razzies were created in 1980 and include such tongue-in-cheek categories as worst screen couple, worst remake or sequel and worst excuse for a movie.

Alec Baldwin, Oscar-nominated for his work in The Cooler, is also up for a Razzie for his contribution to The Cat in the Hat.

The Oscars are the biggest awards in the entertainment world - but much of the US media is still focusing on Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King leads the Oscars race, with 11 nominations.


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